Are you seeking a permanent treatment solution to remove unwanted hair on your face or body? Here at HealthQ, we offer Laser Hair Removal services in an inclusive, non-judgmental environment, so you can feel more confident in the skin you’re in. If you’re tired of the constant upkeep of traditional hair removal techniques such as shaving, waxing, plucking, or electrolysis, Laser Hair Removal can help by permanently stopping hair growth in targeted regions. Our highly effective Horizon™ Diode Laser is a safe hair removal option for all skin types, including darker skin. Learn more and begin the treatment process today by scheduling a comprehensive, confidential consultation with one of our welcoming HealthQ cosmetic providers.
Laser Hair Removal
What is Laser Hair Removal?
Laser Hair Removal is a non-surgical cosmetic treatment that uses a concentrated wavelength of infrared light to target the melanin (color) in the hair follicle without harming surrounding tissue. When the laser light is absorbed by the hair follicle it converts to heat, damaging the follicle to inhibit or delay future hair growth. With repeated sessions hair growth stops altogether.
How does Laser Hair Removal work?
The hair on our bodies grows in cycles, beginning with an active growth phase (anagen) where the hair follicles are attached to a blood supply and contain an abundance of melanin. The second phase of the cycle is the transition phase (catagen), where the hair follicles stop growing and detach from the blood supply. The final resting phase (telogen) is when the hair begins to shed and the follicle is stimulated to begin a new hair growth cycle.
Laser Hair Removal works by targeting hair that is in an active growth phase. When the laser is pulsed over a treatment area, the concentrated light is absorbed by the melanin at the base of active (anagen) hairs, permanently damaging the follicle. These damaged hair follicles will gradually fall out over the next few days to weeks. When the hair regrows, it will be significantly finer and sparse.
The results of Laser Hair Removal are gradual, with multiple treatments required over time until all hairs are treated when they are in their active growth cycle.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: WHAT AREAS CAN BE TREATED WITH LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Laser hair removal can safely treat most body parts including face, back, chest, shoulders, arms, underarms, and the pubic area.
Q: I AM TAKING GENDER-AFFIRMING HORMONES. CAN I RECEIVE LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Unwanted hair can be a major concern for people, especially for those wanting to achieve a more feminizing look. HealthQ offers a welcoming environment with providers experienced in transgender medical aesthetics. For people preparing for other cosmetic or surgical efforts, your HealthQ provider can treat custom body areas based on the recommendations of your surgeon.
Q: AM I A CANDIDATE FOR LASER HAIR REMOVAL?
Our Horizon Diode Laser is suitable for all skin types and skin colors. It is important to note that Laser Hair Removal does not work on very light-colored hair, such as white or blonde, as there is not enough pigment for the laser to effectively treat the hair follicle.
If you have any of the health conditions listed below, you may not be a candidate for laser hair removal:
- Patients with a history of skin cancer(s)
- Active Herpes Simplex Virus (Laser services may activate an outbreak)
- History of keloid scarring
- Currently taking certain photosensitive medications
- Dermatitis/rash/infection/open lesion in area to be treated
- Accutane within last 6 months
- Sun exposure (like tanning beds) within 2-4 weeks
- Spray tan
Patients with PCOS, Hirsutism, or Hypertrichosis may have laser hair removal but only for maintenance. Because these conditions cause excessive hair growth, there will be no permanent reduction.
We recommend scheduling an in-person, private consultation with our cosmetic provider to evaluate your skin and hair type, review your medical history, and discuss your goals to curate the ideal treatment plan.
Q: HOW MANY LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?
The amount of treatment sessions needed varies from person to person, depending on the hair density. An average treatment course is typically around 6-8 sessions with most individuals noticing a significant reduction in hair growth after just a few sessions.
Q: IS THERE ANY DISCOMFORT OR DOWNTIME FROM LASER HAIR REMOVAL TREATMENT?
The Horizon Diode Laser has a contact cooling system that provides cooling before, during, and after each pulse, assuring a comfortable and pain-free experience. There is no downtime associated with laser hair removal, although you may experience some irritation and redness in the treatment areas, similar to a light sunburn. As a precaution, you’ll be asked to avoid direct sunlight for a few days and wear sunscreen to protect your skin.